2019 Gala

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“All Voices Rising” 2019 Gala on June 6 @Target Field, 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Green Card Voices is planning its 7th Annual Fundraising Gala, “All Voices Rising,” to celebrate the amplification of immigrant voices in all of our communities, reinforce the importance of empowerment through storytelling, and to thank our supporters. Throughout the event we will feature immigrants who positively serve our shared communities and raise money so that we can have a greater reach and bigger impact in the coming year. Our fundraising gala serves an important role in securing funding for our programming in the following year.

Every year, Green Card Voices’ gala keynote speaker is an immigrant who uses the power of storytelling to amplify their experiences and inspire others by sharing their unique experiences and life journey. We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s gala keynote will be Fadumo Yusuf, mechanical engineer and co-author of Green Card STEM Voices: Inspiring Stories of Minnesota Immigrants, which will be published in December of 2019!

Fadumo’s humor, charisma, and insight into her experiences as an immigrant in the STEM field are extraordinary, and she is an exceptional role model to our entire Green Card Voices community. We can’t wait to give her the stage at Target Field on June 6!

Fadumo Yusuf is a Somali immigrant, raised in Jigjiga, Somali Region of Ethiopia. Ever since she was a child, she has been curious and passionate about experimentation and new experiences. When Fadumo was fourteen, her family learned that they would be resettling to Minnesota. While her family spent their final days in Ethiopia packing, saying goodbye to friends, and preparing for the move, Fadumo was determined to study for her final exams even though they were scheduled for two days after her flight. Fadumo was ready to take her exams just in case her flight did not take off. After arriving in Minneapolis, she persisted in her high school classes and adjusted to the new education system, determined to go to college. A high school teacher noticed Fadumo’s aptitude for STEM, and encouraged her to join a club focused on invention, where Fadumo designed a low cost HIV testing device. Upon graduating from high school, Fadumo received seven of the ten scholarships she’d applied for, including the Gates-Millenium Scholarship, and completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of St. Thomas, and her Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in mechanical engineering with a minor in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Now, Fadumo works for a medical device company in Minnesota where she works with a team of engineers to bring new technologies to the market. Fadumo also serves on the board of directors of a local STEM school, and in her spare time, she writes short stories and poems, and mentors young girls pursuing STEM.


Since last year we have published two books; Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from an Atlanta High School, and Green Card Entrepreneur Voices: How-To Business Stories from Minnesota Immigrants, and published our first storytelling activity, Story Stitch. We also partnered with a national distributor for the first time, amplifying our books’ presence and reach across the country. We also recorded 30 new stories in high schools in Madison and Milwaukee, and are in the process of producing the fifth book in our Green Card Youth Voices series featuring their narratives. This growth would not have been possible without the donations and funding we received through our previous annual galas.

Our annual gala is a crucial opportunity to raise funding for our future growth and programs. In the next five years, we plan to release another ten books, including a graphic novel, further establishing our national presence and solidifying our work in the publishing world. It’s important now more than ever that we continue to build empathy and understanding, and combat negative stereotypes and biases through storytelling. By celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion and integration, we will not only deepen, but also revolutionize human relationships to build more vibrant and prosperous communities.

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Rebecca David believes everyone has a story to tell. Which is why she will be doing us the honor of being our emcee for our 7th Annual Gala: All Voices Rising! Now Rebecca works at KWQC TV6 News as a reporter in Davenport, Iowa covering the Quad Cities. Rebecca was born in Uganda, Kampala when her family fled war-torn South Sudan. She moved to Minnesota when she was nine years old. She went to St. Cloud State University, where she majored in Mass Communication and double minored in Communication Studies and International Relations. She is currently a storyteller in Iowa.

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